Unique addition to bouquets.
Needle- or quilled-type blooms atop long sturdy stems. Large, brightly colored, 3½ – 5½" flowers bloom in white, light yellow, pink, crimson, rose, and dark and light purple. Easy to harvest due to the well-branched plant’s open airy habit. Long vase life. Also known as summer aster. Ht. 26-32". Avg. 15,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 70-72°F (21-22°C)
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) – Sow 1/8" deep in flats indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Direct seed – After last frost. Provide support. Row covers help prevent spread of disease by leafhoppers.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 6-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
VASE LIFE: 7-10 days.
HARVEST: Outside ray florets begin to open. Place immediately in water.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Fertile, well-drained soil. pH: 5.5-7.5 preferred.
NOTES: Support, such as Hortonova (horizontal mesh) is recommended. Row covers help prevent spread of disease by leafhoppers.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Callistephus chinensis